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Snowzone continues rich winning tradition

Memories of one of Australia’s most prolific winner-producing broodmares were revived when Snowzone won at the Gold Coast.

Snowzone ($3.70) sat in third place off a break neck pace and was far too strong in a two-year-old maiden.

Snowzone, a $220,000 yearling by champion sire Snitzel, is the last foal to race of the French-bred mare Snowdrift.

She was a leading broodmare for the Cressfield operation, having 10 winners including the Group One winner Snowland.

Another of her sons Snippetson won at Group level and like Snowland was a successful sire.

Snowzone continued the good recent run of jockey Blake Shinn and trainer Kris Lees who has the colt for his major client Australian Bloodstock.

Lees’ Queensland stable spokesman Mel Eggleston said Snowzone had improved with maturity.

“Kris took the blinkers off him today and he settled a lot better. He is well bred and might go on with it now,” he said.

Shinn has based himself in Queensland for the winter and his later win on Foxy Affair was his eighth in two weeks.

Foxy Affair also continued a great run for the new Chris Anderson-Robert Heathcote partnership being their fifth winner in their first week of operation.

Trainer Desleigh Forster has high hopes for Cabalo Escuro ($4) who won the fillies division of the two-year-olds.

“She ran a good race at her first start in a Listed race and it was a drop in class today. But I think she will eventually make a Stakes horse,” she said.

Jockey Michael Cahill also continued his top recent form when he won on heavily backed Phobetor ($3.20), giving him 15 winners in the past three weeks.

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